Amazon Suspends Top Exec Roy Price in Wake of Harassment Claim By A Female Producer, Who Reported Immediately


Roy Price, vp Amazon Studios and global head of Prime Video content, has been suspended from the retail giant and streaming platform following a harassment claim from one of the company’s producers. roy_price

“Roy Price is on leave of absence effective immediately,” an Amazon spokesperson said in a statement. “We are reviewing our options for the projects we have with The Weinstein Co.”
The move comes mere hours after Isa Hackett, a producer on Amazon’s Man in the High Castle and Philip K. Dick’s Electric Dreams detailed her “shocking and surreal” experience with the programming chief in July 2015. “You will love my dick,” Price said, according to Hackett, who relayed her account to others.
Hackett says she reported the incident to Amazon executives immediately. An outside investigator, Christine Farrell of Public Interest Investigations Inc., was brought in and spoke to Hackett and executives at Amazon. Hackett says she was never told the outcome of that inquiry, but notes that she hasn’t seen Price at any events involving her shows. Price, through a spokesperson, declined comment.
The news also comes as Amazon is reviewing two expensive dramas the streamer has in the works from The Weinstein Co. in the wake of rape and sexual harassment allegations against former co-founder Harvey Weinstein. The future is unclear for Mad Men creator Matthew Weiner’s The Romanoffs and director David O. Russell’s untitled drama, which were both to be co-financed by TWC. Amazon, sources say, is on the hook for $40 million for the Russell drama and the Weiner show is already halfway through production. Amazon has not received any financing from TWC for either show.
Written By: Tommy Lightfoot Garrett
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